Reasonable accommodations are determined by the court examining what is needed by this specific individual in order to do the job. This can be wheelchair accessibility, a particular supportive desk chair, lowering of work stations, restructuring the job, changing hours, providing or modifying equipment, or any other request made.
The reasonableness is determined by the employer. Issues like cost, the facility, and the size of a company are all considered. The courts will not impose an accommodation on an employer that causes an undue hardship. Undue hardships are defined as things that require significant difficulty or expense when measured according to the company’s work and size. For example, it is unreasonable for a small accounting firm in a third-floor rented office in a walkup to install an elevator for a disabled employee. However, it may be reasonable to allow that person to do his or her work from home via computer equipment that is provided and paid for by the employer.